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"The Hobbit" Novel Presentation Essay

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Introduction"The Hobbit" was J.R.R. Tolkien's first book to make the bestseller list. George Allen and Unwin published the book on Sept 31, 1937. The book tells the amazing story of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his group set out on a journey to restore a treasure from a dreadful dragon, Smaug.AuthorJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was of English decent and was born in a town called Bloemfontein in South Africa on January 3, 1892. In 1895, Tolkien moved back to England with his mother and his younger brother where he had the opportunity to develop his academic and creative skills. After graduating from Oxford University, Tolkien joined the service for World War as a 2nd lieutenant in the eleventh ...view middle of the document...

Gandalf just like Bilbo likes a good smoke of pipe-weed, so he will usually carry a bag with him.Thorin Oakenshield: The rightful king under the Lonely Mountain and the leader of the clan of dwarves. He is rightful owner of the gold that lies beneath the Lonely Mountain, which Smaug the evil dragon stole. Thorin is the son of Thror, whom is the king under the mountain. Thorin is a proud, purposeful, and sturdy warrior but is a bit stubborn at times.Smaug: The feared dragon that lives in the Lonely Mountain. Smaug originally stole the treasure, which rightfully belongs to Thorin. Smaug's flaming breath can easily burn down a city, his huge wings enables him to travel great distances, and his skin like a hard armor.ContextThe story starts out quite peaceful, until one day Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, receives a visit by the wizard Gandalf. Little did Bilbo know that Gandalf was there to recruit him to go with thirteen dwarves on a journey. One of dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, is the leader of the dwarves. Years ago, Smaug the Terrible conquered the town Erebor and destroyed most of its population and stole all its treasures. Thorin was one of the few survivors of the attack and is the rightful owner to the treasures.The thirteen warriors and Gandalf are on a mission to regain the treasures that Smaug had stolen. They wanted Bilbo to join them for two reasons, one they didn't have a burglar in their group and for some reason they felt the number of thirteen dwarves was unlucky. Although Bilbo initially refused to join, he was convinced by Gandalf to set out the next day. With Thorin as their leader the team set off on a journey to the Lonely Mountain where Smaug lied. The group knew of a secret entrance to the mountain, which Gandalf possessed the key.The group traveled east towards the Lonely Mountains and early on in their journey they encountered three trolls, who are known for eating dwarves. The trolls capture all the dwarves and Gandalf ends up saving the dwarves by making the trolls argue over how to eat the dwarves. The trolls are like vampires and when dawn arises they turn to stone. The dwarves were lucky to be saved by Gandalf and they go to see what useful the trolls may have. They find the trolls treasure and Bilbo finds the magical sword Sting, which glows whenever there are goblins around.The journey continues, and the group finds themselves in the town Rivendell and meets with the leader of the town, the half elf Elrond. Elrond advises the dwarves on their journey and gives them advice how to find the entrance to the Lonely Mountain. The dwarves continue their journey and travel through the Misty Mountains where they are captured again, this time by goblins. Gandalf manages to rescue the dwarves again, but during the escape Bilbo gets separated from the company and gets lost in the caves.While lost and wondering in the dark caves, Bilbo finds a small golden ring on the floor and puts it in his pocket. Bilbo continues to try to find an...

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